Re: NCAA Amateurism Facing Test
Originally Posted by 15fan
And those "profits" from mens basketball & football go to subsidize the scholarships & operations of all of the other non-revenue sports in a given school's athletic program, including about 99% of all womens' athletic programs.
So if the school "profits", the dividend recipients aren't some investors sitting on a beach. Instead, the beneficiaries are hundreds of other kids who work just as hard in more obscure sports with the knowledge that going pro isn't a viable financial option & thus work towards the all-important degree.
In 2006, Ohio State brought in $104.7M in revenue. Almost all of it (except for $2.9M profit) was put back into the athletic program to finance their 36 varisty sports.
From the Sports Illustrated
article, "The Program":
[Athletic Director Gene] Smith also believes that, far from being used by colleges, athletes benefit in extraordinary ways from their time in big-time sports. Having grown up in a poor Cleveland neighborhood and earned his way to Notre Dame on a football scholarship, Smith speaks with authenticity when he invokes the "teachable moments" and "character building" of athletes. "I'm a strong believer that sports participation and competition challenge you," he says. "You're the field goal kicker, and the score's 31-30 with a few seconds on the clock. There are 105,000 fans. That's pressure. Once that kicker graduates and interviews with IBM, and they say, 'Here's your territory and sales quota, can you handle it?' what's he going to say?"
My goal is to give as many kids as possible that experience. Not just the football and basketball players."
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."